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Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes Plaque - Lackland AFB, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 29° 23.475 W 098° 37.080
14R E 537065 N 3251394
Quick Description: Plaque honoring former crew chief and fight engineer who later became the fourth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force located adjacent to the parade field at Lackland Air Force Base.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/17/2008 4:04:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM3D3M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
Views: 77

Long Description:

C-118
...an enlisted story.

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes

Although Chief Barnes was a crew chief and flight engineer aboard a wide variety of aircraft, including the C-118, he cast a much broader shadow later in his career when he was named the fourth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in October 1973.  He enlisted in the Air Force in 1949 and trained to repair aircraft engines and hydraulic systems.  Chief Barnes was soon involved in moving aircraft, troops and equipment in defense of a beleaguered South Korea, a task that was renewed during the War in Southeast Asia.  However, his subsequent role as the Air Force's top enlisted person imparted a most lasting effect on the enlisted force.  His continued efforts on behalf of quality of life issues; medical care, housing and pay parity, are legendary.  Although the final results may not have occurred during his tenure as CMSAF, the improvements he proposed and supported resulted in increased recruitment and retention.  He served as CMSAF four years, longer than any who served in the capacity before or since.  His dedication made life better for all airmen. ~ text of plaque

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